Martin Luther King Jr. legacy series begins

Danielle Ferguson

A “Let Freedom Ring” concert will kick off the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series. 

A carillon concert will play Wednesday in honor of King, performed by Tin-Shi Tam, carilloneur.

The rest of the series includes:

Community Birthday Celebration

6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, Ames Middle School, 3915 Mortensen Road

An Ames tradition, the community birthday celebration will feature songs, a story and birthday cake.

After sharing birthday cake, the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Convocation

3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, Sun Room, Memorial Union

King’s legacy will be celebrated and the audience can learn how his global vision of equality is relevant today. The Advancing One Community Awards will also be presented.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, Great Hall, Memorial Union

Michelle Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” She argues that racial discrimination in the U.S. has resurfaced following the Civil Rights Movement and is having negative social repercussions.